Ends Apr 19 | Gramercy

Dana H.

From 81 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

About the show

In this harrowing true story, Dana, a chaplain of a psych ward, is held captive with her life in a patient's hands for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, Lucas Hnath. More…

From the show:

Dana was a chaplain of a psych ward where she met a charismatic patient, an ex-convict searching for redemption. A harrowing true story, Dana was held captive with her life in this man’s hands — trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented and terrified — for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath (A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2, THE CHRISTIANS), “one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years” (The New York Times), this innovative work shatters the boundaries of the art form and our understanding of good and evil.


Member Reviews (81)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking
87
Avg Score

During previews
94
A must-see quiet masterpiece, Surprisingly and deeply more enthralling than expected, Exceptionally moving, Harrowing, haunting, hurtful, Riveting

See it if you appreciate how live theatre can catalyze the truest kind of pathos and are looking for a heavy, thought-provoking new work with rawness.

Don't see it if triggered by descriptions of suicide, drug-use, excessive blood, rape, or physical and mental abuse; uncomfortable with religious themes.

Also Dana H. is an exceptional, poignant, 75-minute revelation about abuse,... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Riveting, Must see, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Lucas Hnath, are fascinated that this is about his real mother, are okay with a one woman show, and don’t mind violent topics.

Don't see it if You are triggered by violence, mental illness, rape, suicide and similar topics. They don’t occur onstage, but are still vivid.

Also A harrowing account of a true story. Seeing this acted, but lip-sinc’d... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Unique, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great actor inhabit a role (sans voice) to tell a compelling and seemingly true story that is stranger than most fiction.

Don't see it if Recounting episodes of abuse are either triggering or too dark for you.

Also A unique theatrical experience that any committed theatergoer should n... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Overrated, Entertaining

See it if The story is gripping, the performance impressive, the set is interesting. Audience loved it.

Don't see it if You have a tendency towards skepticism. I just couldn't buy the whole story. Also found the whole thing self-indulgent.

During previews
83
Riveting, Intense, Harrowing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a powerful production about a woman's terrifying ordeal featuring a stellar performance from Deirdre O'Connell.

Don't see it if you want lighthearted fare and/or a more traditional type of play. This is a one-woman show in which the lead character tells us her story.

During previews
74
Quirky, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if the bizarre but compelling relationship between captor and prisoner is interesting. Raises questions about powerlessness and fear.

Don't see it if you need action. This is all talk and the recollections of the traumatized captive. Disturbing but interesting.Why does the actress lipsync?

During previews
86
Hard, Great acting, Ambitious, Raw, Brave

See it if You are fasinated with real life drama & to see a great performance.

Don't see it if You will be bothered by an underlying "true crime" story that at times feels as if it not plausible

During previews
79
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Ms. O'Connell is giving a riveting performance, which is worth seeing. However, the play/monologue itself left me with a lot of questions.

Don't see it if It's all very theatrical, but ultimately unsatisfying as a play.

During previews
90
Great direction, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Deirdre O’Connell gives master class. Hnath has brilliantly pieced together his mother's interview tapes. The tension is palpable.

Don't see it if .. you don't want to hear a true story of this woman's abduction and abuse

During previews
88
Kudos to actor deidre o'connell for a perfect lip-sync perf!!, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if NOT FOR ALL TASTES!! It's only Feb. & I've already seen TWO shows where the actors lip-synced the lines that they or someone else recorded.

Don't see it if Do not go if U are resistant to this new lip-sync trend. Also, some of the content is very graphic with description of violence & torture.

Also SPOILERS: The original show featured the real DANA H. lip-synching her... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Graphic content, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if the always brilliant Deidre O'Connell in a unique kind of show as she lipsyncs the playwright's mother talking of a sad & scary history.

Don't see it if you are very sensitive to hearing some graphically violent events--if she remembered correctly.

During previews
90
Unique, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Great acting

See it if you want to see an extraordinary performance that is truly extra-ordinary.Deirdre O'Connell lip-syncs & remarkably acts a harrowing story.

Don't see it if a one person play is not your thing or you are not ready to be drawn into the story of the playwright's mother's five months of captivity.

During previews
79
Gripping, Intriguing, Thought-provoking, Compelling, Unique

See it if Marvelous portrayal of true-life horror and Hnath's mother's memory of events and how she survived. And how she still grapples with it all.

Don't see it if Have a problem with an actress bringing emotion and life to the actual person's voice. This isn't Milli Vanilli or FBI Files on Court TV.

During previews
99
A wholly unique first person account headlined by a lead performance unlike any you've ever seen

See it if you want to see a true original with a performance unlike anything you've ever seen. You may enjoy if you love a great documentary.

Don't see it if you're easily triggered by intense stories of physical & mental abuse, or if loud noises or flashing lights bother you. This can be rough.

Also I knew the broad strokes of what to expect from DANA H but I was still... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Riveting, Intense

See it if You're open to new forms of theater, appreciate outstanding acting, and can tolerate descriptions of violence.

Don't see it if You dislike discussions of violence, like traditional theater, and dislike one-person shows.

During previews
91
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Magnificent Deidre O'Connell in Hnath's verbatim text with Waters' masterful direction. Harrowing. And breathtaking.

Don't see it if If Intense exploration of trauma and violence is too much for you, sensitively handled albeit, then...

During previews
96
Compassionate, Intense, Moving, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Between theatre and oral history, a taut piece that explores survival, resilience, compassion, and some of the darkest places of humanity

Don't see it if Be prepared for an emotional wringer (though never melodramatic).

During previews
95
Must see, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if Brilliant performance, set, and concept.

Don't see it if I thought it dragged a tiny bit

During previews
60
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like one man shows.

Don't see it if you want action. It is mostly one woman sitting on stage lip-sinking to an audio tape. At first it is interesting but it drags on.

During previews
89
Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a cleverly-executed theatrical experience with a finely-tuned hand working the machine.

Don't see it if You can't do monodrama, can't do with intense depictions/recollections of trauma and pain.

Also DANA H. is probably Hnath's best play yet. It's a clever conceit that ... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Must see, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want strong powerful out of the box theatre.

Don't see it if You can’t handle hard drama and shocking storytelling. No frills here!

During previews
92
Masterful, Riveting, Must see, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a very well portrayed victim of a kidnapping who is telling her story directly to you.

Don't see it if If you want to see something light and fun.

During previews
95
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want a unique, masterfully acted theatrical experience. Thought it was going to be more of a dramatic podcast but I was surprised.

Don't see it if You like non-traditional plays or sensitive subject matter.

During previews
100
Intense, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you think you are a theater lover and you want to have an amazine theatrical experience

Don't see it if you can't take listening and being involved in a harrowing experience

Also an amazing performance by Deidre O'Connell of an outstanding theatrica... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if If you are interested in seeing a so so encounter of a woman who was abducted...

Don't see it if If you are looking for a moving piece of theater. It wanted to be absorbing but it was not...


February 25th, 2020
CRITIC’S PICK. "‘Dana H.’ Maps a Harrowing Journey Into Hell: Lucas Hnath’s brilliant, boundary-melting play, starring a marvelous Deirdre O’Connell, is a first-person account of the violent kidnapping of his mother."
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February 25th, 2020
4/5 Stars. "This is a performance of virtuoso naturalism; the technique is so perfect that it disappears...The effect of this device is complex: The use of Dana's voice gives her testimony a gripping sense of reality, even as its ventriloquism through O'Connell's body suggests an eerie sense of d...
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February 25th, 2020
"Lucas Hnath’s 'Dana H.' Is the Real Thing"
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February 25th, 2020
"A Woman Is Kidnapped by a Member of the Aryan Brotherhood in Dana H. Lucas Hnath's true-crime docudrama opens off-Broadway."
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